Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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J. B. Ramsey

J. B. RAMSEY, a well known farmer residing in Osage township, Labette county, Kansas, was born in Lawrence county, Illinois, in 1837, and is a son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Barber) Ramsey.

Aaron Ramsey was born in Indiana, and died in Wabash county, Illinois, in 1842. His father, Allen Ramsey, served under General William Henry Harrison, and helped to hold the fort against the Indians during their out break. He was born in Scotland. Elizabeth (Barber) Ramsey, the mother of J. B., was born in Tennessee in 1796, and was of Welsh descent. Unto them were born eight children, all but two of whom, are deceased. The survivors are: Mrs. S. J. Miller, who lives in Howard county, Indiana, and J. B., the subject of this sketch.

J. B. Ramsey was reared in Indiana, where he followed the trade of a carpenter. He bought 40 acres of land in Indiana, but sold it upon his removal to Kansas. He located his farm in Osage township, June 22, 1880, but had been in the county about one year previous to that date. He had about $500 in cash. He bought 80 acres of land from Henry Todd. In 1883 he moved his family to Cherryvale, where they lived eighteen months. In the meantime he rented the farm. He returned to the farm, where he built a substantial house of nine rooms, with a surrounding porch. The farm was partly hedged, and Mr. Ramsey set out a hedge row, which divides the fields, and also set out an orchard. He carries on general farming and stock raising, and is considered one of the best farmers in the county.

Mr. Ramsey married Sarah Hall, in 1863, and she died in Indiana, in 1864, leaving one son: Thomas 0., who lives four miles northwest of his father's farm, - he married Ella Hughes, and they have two children, Carl and Inez. Mr. Ramsey married, secondly, Nancy A. Beaver, who was born in Rush county, Indiana, June 5, 1847. They became the parents of four sons and two daughters, namely: Mina; G. Rolla; Walter; J. Fletcher; Bessie; and LeRoy H. Mina (Burtle), who was born in Indiana, now lives in Wichita, Kansas, and is the mother of three children. G. Rolla was born in Indiana, and married Leatha Robb; he is a tinner in Wichita. Walter, who was born in Indiana, married Attie Miller; he is a carpenter, and lives in Wichita. J. Fletcher was born in Labette county, and is engaged in the restaurant business in Wichita. Bessie is deceased. LeRoy H. is at home.

Mr. Ramsey votes the straight Republican ticket. He was formerly a member of the Good Templars. Mr. Ramsey belongs to the M. E. church, and is a sincere Christian.